By Abraham Olatokunbo
Borno Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, on Tuesday called on the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to seal off fueling stations hoarding petroleum products in the state.
Artificial scarcity which has created long queues has been created in the state for the last three days.
This made the governor to storm some fueling station in Maiduguri, the state capital, on Tuesday to assess the situation.
Zulum, during his surprise outing, evaluated quantities of fuel available at some stations he visited.
He was also briefed of some unpatriotic marketers taking advantage of COVID-19 preventive measures put in place by the government to hoard petroleum products in order to exploit unsuspecting buyers.
The governor, during his visit, compelled some fuel stations to revert to selling products at government fixed price of N125 per litre as against inflated rates they were forcing on buyers who bought for fear of scarcity.
Zulum, during his interactions with some of the marketers frowned at their exploitative behaviour, informing them he would ensure they were punished by the DPR which has the statutory duty to regulate the activities of petroleum marketers.
Zulum told journalists during the visit, that: “We will partner with DPR, the affected stations will be appropriately sanctioned to serve as deterrent.
“We noticed that most of the stations either selling above the official N125 price per liter or hoarding the products for the reason best known to them. Therefore, I want to appeal to DPR that such stations be sealed.”